Marinara and Meatballs

This is definitely one of our favorite meals.  My husband and I both love Spaghetti and Meatballs. Be sure to use high quality ingredients as it matters very much in your end results. The quality of Canned Roma tomatoes varies so much from brand to brand, that sometimes it can feel overwhelming to figure out which one to pick.  Unfortunately, I have found that you get what you pay for in this area.  If you can find Rao’s Tomaotes, they are the most consistant and the most red and thick with sauce.  If you are shopping in regular grocery stores, I have found Tottorosoo and Dei Fratelli to be good alternatives to Rao’s.

Authentic Simple Marinara
serves 4
Ingredients
(1) 28 oz cans of Roma Tomatoes, high quality
2 giant garlic cloves, minced
1 large onion, diced
olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of sauce pan
1/8 c. fresh basil, chopped
1/8 c. fresh oregano, chopped
Direction:
  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil.
  2. Add minced garlic, saute until garlic becomes fragrant.
  3. Add diced onions, saute until translucent.
  4. Add chopped herbs and saute briefly, about a minute.
  5. Take sauce pan off heat, add entire contents of 28oz tomatoes to sauce pan.  Carefully with a pairing knife, handle and cut off each tomatoes stem end, and thoroughly crush with hand back into pan, retaining all but stem.  Do this with all tomatoes until all have been de-stemmed and crushed by hand to a puree.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Italian Meatballs
makes 24 meatballs, medium size
Ingredients:
1 lb. lean sirloin
1/2 lb ground pork
1 c. unflavored breadcrumbs
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 eggs
1/4 c. tomato sauce (can also use some of the homemade marinara from recipe above)
1/8 c. fresh basil, cut up
1/8 c. fresh oregano, cut up
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Put all ingredients in large bowl and carefully mix together.  Do not over handle.
  3. Form into balls and place on greased baking sheet.
  4. Cook at least 40 minutes or until done.
  5. Remove from heat and combine half or more of meatballs to Marinara for serving.

Time Saving Tip:  Make extra meatballs and freeze them for later.  Best way to freeze them is to separate the raw meatballs out on a baking sheet and slide sheet into freezer. Once the meatballs are frozen, place them in a freezer safe ziplock bag and you’re ready next time you want Spaghetti Meatballs.  Because you froze them individually, you can grab as many as you need at a time.

Time Saving Tip:  It is definitely acceptable to use jar marinara in place of homemade marinara in any recipe.

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